While searching over internet I am finding phrases like "in its own right" or "in its own terms". I couldn't find the phrase "in its own".

Can we use the phrase "in its own" as it is. For example can we say,

Mathematics, in its own, is ultimately the study of numbers.

  • Since I could not submit the question I made it more lengthy.
    – user31782
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 13:13
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    Oh, dear! Sorry the system tripped you up; it looks like a perfectly good question to me. ... Once you get it past the nanny you can just take out what's superfluous by editing, as I have just done. Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 13:16

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In its own is not English idiom, but there are similar expressions which are.

  • On its own may mean either "without the help of anything else" or "without being prompted by anything else"

  • By itself may mean either "without the help of anything else" or "unaccompanied by anything else"

What you probably want is

  • In itself or in and of itself—these have technical meanings in some philosophical traditions, but in non-technical use mean "considered independently of anything else"
  • Thank you for explaining, What are those technical meanings of in itself? What does this phrase colloquially mean? And what is the meaning of in its own? Is in its own grammatically correct?
    – user31782
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 13:29
  • @user31782 As I said at the beginning, in its own is not English idiom; it doesn't have any assigned meaning. I gave you the common understanding of in itself. The technical meanings belong to the study of philosophy--specifically, Thomist philosophy--and are beyond the scope of this site (and my competence). Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 13:44

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